Friday, August 13, 2010
President and Members
Wicomico County Council
Dear Council Members:
As you know, there has been some serious concern expressed in
recent weeks about conditions at the county beach off of Cove Road, not
the least of which involves the parking accommodations there. When the
Westside Volunteer Fire Company alerted us to the fact that emergency
vehicles could not reach the parking lot at the beach when vehicles
were parked on both sides of the road, the county prohibited parking on
the south side of Cove Road.
More recently, I have been contacted by a number of residents of
the area suggesting that both sides of the road should be closed to
parking as the beach area cannot comfortably accommodate the additional
traffic. After hearing from law enforcement and fire services, I
proposed to the county council that parking indeed be eliminated on the
north side of Cove Road as well. However, over the past two weeks, we
have seen that the matter may be a bit more complicated and deserving
of additional study and input before moving ahead to further limit
After two well-attended community gatherings held in the last 10
days, I am persuaded that the resolution closing parking on the north
side of Cove Road should be withdrawn for the time being. I offer the
following for your consideration:
• Fire Chief Don Messick has assured me that emergency
vehicles can access the parking lot and beach area with
parking allowed on one side of the road.
• The summer season is drawing to a close and the causes for
concern should diminish soon.
• The county will provide additional security over the Labor
Day week-end via Park Police and I will ask the Sheriff’s
Department for additional attention over the last few weeks
• I have instructed Director of Parks, Recreation & Tourism,
Gary Mackes, to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the
county facility on Cove Road to determine what improvements
are needed to make the beach an attractive and enjoyable
resource not just for the local community but for the
county at large. He will report his findings to me by the
first of November. Believing that any solution requires
the direct involvement of those most affected, I shall
invite four members of the local community to meet with us
as we develop our plan.
• We shall ask that the Department of Natural Resources
increase enforcement of the regulations regarding jet skis
in the swimming area.
Finally, I also plan to ask Acting Public Works Director John
Redden to determine if the edges of the road can be improved so that
parked vehicles will intrude less into the paved portion of the road.
Accordingly, in light of our plan to work with the community to
find a lasting and equitable solution to the concerns recently
expressed, I ask that Resolution 115-2010, prohibiting parking of motor
vehicles on the north side of Cove Road be withdrawn from the County
Council’s agenda for the meeting scheduled for August 17, 2010.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Richard M. Pollitt, Jr.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 04:34:00 PM
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 03:31:00 PM
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010
Due to continued near drought-like conditions, County Executive Richard M. Pollitt Jr., said that the burning ban put into effect on July 7, 2010, for Wicomico County will continue until further notice. All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of the use of gas or charcoal grills and the staging of professional fireworks displays. Burning ban violations carry a $500 fine per incident. Burning ban enforcement is administered by the County Planning and Zoning Code Enforcer. Citizens are advised to call Planning and Zoning at 410-548-4860 to report violations.
All burning permits are voided during the ban. The County Health Department will not be issuing burning permits until further notice.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 02:24:00 PM
Jim will never get anything accomplished with the attitude that he is using toward Council President Louise Smith I can assure you of that. Jim added in his packet that this was the second time he had asked for it to be put on a work session and that he wanted it passed by Thanksgiving. I am enclosing a screen cap of the part of the correspondence that I received that shows what Louise's response was to Jim. I think Louise hit the nail right on the head with everything she says in this response.
Thank you for taking time to meet with me yesterday afternoon. During this time we discussed at length the Safe Streets Legislation process. This sweeping legislation was first made public at your Press Conference Monday, August 2nd. Tuesday, August 10th, I received your e-mail requesting a work session date and this legislation be passed by Thanksgiving, within three (3) months. Although issues of our crime have been talked about for years, this particular piece of legislation was crafted by you, Councilwoman Campbell, Councilwoman Cohen, two (2) attorneys and a few administrative staff members in fourteen (14) months. This is major legislation that will impact many people. Public input is needed ... including representatives of SAPOA, concerned citizens and the business community. Let us open our doors for positive and constructive discussion not close our doors. There are more benefits in working together. This may be in the form of a task force or some other forum working collaboratively reviewing and providing their concerns/comments. In addition, two (2) of the amendments need to go to Planning and Zoning for their review and recommendation to Council. Although we did not agree, I trust our dialogue will continue. I am not prepared to place this legislation on a work session agenda at this time.
Salisbury City Council President
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 01:40:00 PM
With the help of my advertisers I have now purchased http://www.salisburygrinch.com/ This will not make anything different but if you don't feel like typing the blogspot.com part you can just type salisburygrinch.com. Thanks everyone and this should be working next week.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 01:25:00 PM
County Commissioners agreed to donate $250 toward funeral expenses for Melissa Morris of Princess Anne who died recently of injuries from a domestic assault. The money will come from the county's pauper burial fund. This lady has six children and deserves a better burial. If you can help please contact me, and I can get you in touch with the right people to make sure this dear lady gets a proper burial.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 01:02:00 PM
Are people really wanting to have a candidate who will not make decisions on his own, but do what his supporters tell him to do? Is Bob Ehlrich trying to guarantee himself a vote? Be sure to think about these things before you vote. Perhaps the people that do not have a bunch of big name supporters are who should get the job this time around.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 11:00:00 AM
This is a very important topic to our local area and one that everyone should get an interest in. On the Eastern Shore being on the water is a way of life for most of these people and with all the new rules and regulations being placed upon them why would the families want to continue in this job market?
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 8/13/2010 09:59:00 AM